BROOKLET – Southeast Bulloch knew Savannah High had several fast and athletic players on their team. They may not have known just how fast they were.
The Blue Jackets scored on their fifth play, a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dez’Mond Brinson to Ahlik Fenn in which Fenn was able to get behind the defensive backs and put on a display of the overall team speed of Savannah as they would go on to a 33-16 win over Southeast Bulloch.
“We may have been surprised by how fast they were,” said Southeast Bulloch Head Coach Pat Collins. “They have some athletic players and they executed well and that was the difference in the ballgame.”
The Yellow Jackets (2-4, 2-1 in 3-AAA) were able to answer back on their first drive of the night, a 14-play drive that was capped off by a Chase Walker 1-yard touchdown plunge to tie the game.
However, in the second quarter, the Blue Jackets (5-1, 3-0) were able to find the end zone twice. First they scored on a pass from Brinson to Jaymes Mikel and then later in the quarter on an explosive 16-yard from by Malik Nesbit to put the Blue Jackets up 20-7.
The Yellow Jackets added a 30-yard field goal from Andrew Cribbs late in the quarter to cut the deficit to 20-10 going in to halftime.
Southeast Bulloch was able to establish their running game a little more in the third quarter, but mistakes and penalties put them in long yardage situations in which they weren’t able to convert and had to settle for a pair of Cribbs 42-yard field goals to trim the lead to 20-16.
The Blue Jackets scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on a seven-yard pass from Brinson to Majeron Williams to extend the lead to 26-16.
Southeast Bulloch was able to drive the ball to the five-yard line, but facing a fourth and goal and needing two scores, the Yellow Jackets opted to try a field goal. However, a mishandled snap resulted in a sack and the Blue Jackets would go on to put the game away behind a Nesbit 47-yard touchdown run.
The Blue Jackets’ defense caused problems all night for Southeast Bulloch, holding the Yellow Jackets to 164 rushing yards on 56 attempts. The defensive line was able to hit the SEB running backs at or near the line of scrimmage and held them to less than three yards-per-carry on the night.
Quarterback Caleb Carter was under pressure all night when he dropped back to pass, often not even having time to set his feet and scan the field before someone was in his face pressuring him.
“Give credit to Savannah High. They deserved to win the football game,” Collins said. “We didn’t play well enough to win on either side of the ball. We weren’t able to stop them and we didn’t respond when they did score.”
“Overall, we didn’t play with great enthusiasm and I’m responsible for that,” he said. “We’ve got to go back to work next week and get better and correct the mistakes we made.”